It’s been a pretty stressful week for each member of the family.   Starting off with a death of  8 year old chicken Clementine (of old age), problems with our hives, a drastic dip in night time temperatures and some other unpleasantries that have come up with certain propriety issues that we are now, unfortunately, having to deal with.

But that doesn’t stop us from appreciating  and noticing the beauty that surrounds us – and putting one foot in front of the other.

Until then, have a good weekend everyone!


  1. elaine says:

    Sorry to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing. However, I’m sure you will use your past experiences in urban homesteading and come up with solutions to these problems. Remember when one door closes another one opens.

    • Anais says:

      @elaine: Thanks reminding us about that.

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    I think that the times we are in bring on the stress. So many folks are dealing with financial issues during the time of fewer jobs and higher prices. It only makes self suffiency look more and more appealing. We here in Nebraska are completely done with gardening for this year. The 25 degree weather has seen to that. However there are always projects to stay busy with during the winter months. This year will be a basement storage space. Hopefully by next spring it will be ready to store food.

    I hope that things work out for you quickly and I think you should keep Clementine as the poster chicken for a while as a memorial.

    Have as great a day as you can.

    • Anais says:

      @Nebraska Dave: Thank you. You are right, there sure are a lot of other folks struggling so it’s good that we count our blessings. Today is another day and we’ll keep on the Sunny Side!

  3. Dana Kee says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Clementine! I know she was a favorite. I’ll say a little prayer that your stresses are eased, but I’m confident that you’ll all soldier through!

    • Anais says:

      @Dana Kee: Thank you, appreciate the extra prayers during this stressful time.

  4. Yvonne, My Halal Kitchen says:

    Hi Anais,

    so sorry to hear about the challenges you and your family have been facing. Just know you’re in the company of people who support and respect your endeavors immensly. Keep on going, keep up the great work we all love to see! Tomorrow is another day 🙂 best, yvonne

    • Anais says:

      @Yvonne, My Halal Kitchen: Thank you! We’ll keep on the sunny side!

  5. JPotter says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. We lost a bunny yesterday that we have had for many years around our home and know how sad it is. I would like to know what issue you are having with your hives? I’m a new “Beek” and would like to learn more.

    • Anais says:

      @JPotter: Thanks. I hope to get around to posting our urban homesteading setbacks so stay tuned.

  6. Ginger says:

    Opposition helps us grow, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: So true. Thanks for sharing

  7. V Schoenwald says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It seems that the fly in the honey doesn’t go away no matter what.
    Like Nebr. Dave, I am done here in Nebr too. It’s been getting very chilly now, and west of us, in Kimball NE, they had 8 1/2 inchs of snow Wed night and Thurs am. We didn’t get any except just a few wet flakes and a little rain.
    I didn’t even get my cold frames set. They are ready to go, but I am just going to start them in toward the end of Feb. I am somewhat tired and took a lazy season this time around.
    Please take care and know that we all are sending you support and thoughts to you.

    • Anais says:

      @V Schoenwald: Thank you! We do so really appreciate the extra prayers, during this stressful and difficult time. Today is another day so we “Bugger On!” 😉

  8. katecontinued says:

    Warm thoughts to you all. You have been on my mind a great deal. The ollas at the elementary school are a huge hit with students and farmers market shoppers every weekend. So sorry to hear your beloved chicken is dead.

    • Anais says:

      @katecontinued: Hi Kate. Thank you for your thoughts. Glad to hear the ollas are a hit at school!

  9. Chris says:

    So sorry that you are in one of those “spells” and the issue with the hives. All of this after losing sweet Miss Clementine. I second the sentiment to please remember you have many friends praying for you and sending love and support your way! This too shall pass! May God Bless you and your entire family!

    • Anais says:

      @Chris: Thank you, we so appreciate your prayers during this difficult time. We definitely could use them. Blessing to you too

  10. Vegetable Garden Cook says:

    Hang in there!

    • Anais says:

      @Vegetable Garden Cook: Copy that!

  11. Rose says:

    Best wishes to all four of you from a hot and sunny Sunday in Australia.

    • Anais says:

      @Rose: Thanks for the sunny wishes from down under

  12. Juanita says:

    Sorry to hear you’re going through a rough time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May all the support and care you have given come back to you multiplied. Hope things turn around soon.

    • Anais says:

      @Juanita: Thank you, we do so appreciate the prayers.

  13. Jogesh Yogi says:

    While I express my sympathy for the difficulties you are going through, I also know you have within you all that will take to overcome every single one of these transient difficulties. March on to the drum beats of life!

    • Anais says:

      @Jogesh Yogi: Thanks, for the comments. Yep, it’s just a setback and today is another day!

  14. Nature Drunk says:

    Remember, behind every cloudy sky is that big shining sun waiting to brighten your life. Keep your heads held high; you will make it through these difficult days.

    • Anais says:

      @Nature Drunk: Thanks!

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